10 Video Game Worlds to Explore IRL

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light show
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Freedom Tower from the Brooklyn Bridge
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New York City: Spider-Man

New York City is often recreated but the most recent version in Marvel's Spider-Man is the most accurate digital Manhattan you can explore. Even the height of the skyscrapers is proportionate as the One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the game.

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White and blue buildings on the coast
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Santorini, Greece: Overwatch

This iconic city's beauty is captured on the Ilios map in Overwatch. Visit the real Santorini, Greece, without the fear of a Lucio pushing you off the map.

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Wooden pier and ferris wheel
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Los Angeles: Grand Theft Auto V

The fictional Los Santos, based on Los Angeles, is one of the most accurately recreated cities the video game industry has ever seen. Visit the Santa Monica Pier or the Griffith Observatory to compare the resemblance.

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gum wall in Seattle
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Seattle: inFAMOUS Second Son

The video game, inFAMOUS Second Son, displays Seattle's most famous landmarks. Germophobes may want to avoid the Gum Wall but the Space Needle is ripe for exploration.

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large stone monument
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Boston: Fallout 4

There are tons of real Boston locations in the fictional wasteland of Fallout 4. Explore the Bunker Hill Monument, the Boston Public Library or even Fenway Park—known as Diamond City in the game.

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nighttime shot of an illuminated tower
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Hong Kong: Sleeping Dogs

This condensed digital replica of Hong Kong accurately represents the city's environment. The most recognizable landmarks you can visit today is the Causeway Bay Circular Footbridge and the Bank of China Tower.

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light show
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Kabukichō, Tokyo: Yakuza 6

Yakuza 6 digitizes the red light district of Tokyo to the very street signs. Visit the Robot Restaurant for your fill of all things futuristic but it's not an actual restaurant so don't come hungry.

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odd looking island
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Phang Nga Bay, Thailand: Tomb Raider Underworld

Often referred to as James Bond Island, this space is seen in Lara Croft's quest to save the world. Thailand's Ao Phang Nga National Park offers boat tours to this fascinating area.

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Golden Gate Bridge
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San Francisco Bay Area: Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 recreates many of the iconic San Francisco landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Prison and parts of Silicon Valley. Head over to the East Bay area into Oakland and see the Prescott and Fruitvale neighborhoods in breathtaking detail.

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giant church of mormons
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Salt Lake City, Utah: The Last of Us

After playing through Boston and Pittsburgh, The Last of Us takes you to the finale in Salt Lake City, Utah. It's here you can explore Temple Square and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a very realistic scale. The fictional Saint Mary's Hospital where your adventure takes you is based on Saint Mark's Hospital in real-life Salt Lake City.

By Tyler Carnahan

Have you ever completed a video game and wished you could explore its world even more IRL—in real life?

Luckily for you, many video games today are based on real-world destinations that you can currently visit. From the beaches of Los Angeles to the islands of Greece, video game designers have painstakingly recreated these destinations in a virtual world. Some of these remakes are so precise you'll be comparing screenshots of the games to your travel selfies.

You may not be able to vacation to the fantasy realms of Middle Earth or Hyrule but the locations on this list are waiting for you to visit.

Tyler Carnahan
About the author

Tyler Carnahan is originally from Orlando, Florida, and has lived in the Augusta,...